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Auction summary - 800 & 1800 MHz PCS allocation 2 (1998)

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The second Personal Communications Services (PCS) auction provided applicants the chance to obtain 19 unsold lots left unallocated following the first PCS auction of 800 MHz and 1.8 GHz bands spectrum. Applications to participate in the auction closed on 15 September 1998. Most lots were sold at auction on 15 September 1998 at the reserve or near reserve price (or starting price) for a total of $30.631 million. Six applications were received, five from licensees from the first auction and one application from One.Tel. Five of the six applicants for this auction won licences. AAPT was the only eligible bidder that did not win a licence.

Auction date 15 September 1998
Amount raised $30.6 million
Licence expiry 17 June 2013



Winning bidder Lots sold Winning price
Hutchison Telephone Pty Ltd 1 $14,000,000
One.Tel Ltd 8 $9,491,000
Vodafone Network No.2 Pty Ltd 5 $5,090,000
Telstra Corporation Limited 2 $1,900,000
OzPhone Pty Ltd 2 $150,000
AAPT 0 no winning bids
Total   $30,631,000

Spectrum details

Band details
  • 825-845/870-890 MHz (paired 2x20 MHz in metropolitan areas)
  • 825-830/870-875 MHz (paired 2x5 MHz in regional & outback areas)
  • 835-845/880-890 MHz (paired 2x10 MHz in regional & outback areas)
  • 1710-1755/1805-1850 MHz (paired 2x45 MHz in metropolitan areas)
  • 1710-1725/1805-1820 MHz (paired 2x15 MHz in regional areas)
Licence type Spectrum licences
Previous use The 800 MHz band was previously used for Telstra’s AMPS (analogue cellular) mobile telephone network. The 1800 MHz band was previously used for fixed links.
Licence period 15 years


Allocation details

Type of allocation Price based allocation of spectrum licences under s60 of the Radiocommunications Act 1992 following declaration of encumbered spectrum for reallocation by spectrum licensing under s153B(1).
Method of sale Open outcry auction
Competition limits

The competition limits set in the original PCS auction in April/May 1998 applied unchanged for this auction. They were that:

  • No person or specified group of persons could be allocated more than 2x15 MHz in any mainland state capital city in the frequency band 1710-1755/1805-1850 MHz.
  • Telstra, Optus and Vodafone were precluded by carrier licence condition from bidding on 2x10 MHz (825-835/870-880 MHz) of the spectrum offered in the 800 MHz band in mainland state capital cities and 2x5 MHz (825-830/870-875 MHz) of that band in other areas.
  • The carrier licence condition part of the limits precluded Telstra, Optus and Vodafone from participating in this auction for the 825-830/870-875 MHz lot in remote central Australia.
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